Brazilian Neymar will assume Lionel Messi's mantle

Celtic v Barcelona: Lionel Messi’s absence from Champions League encounter is bittersweet for Neil Lennon

Barcelona still present a formidable challenge with Neymar taking over the leading role

Lionel Messi's toughest game – with the Spanish taxman

Barcelona star in court over claims he defrauded authorities of millions of euros

Gerard Deulofeu given assurances of bigger role at Everton after impressing in Capital One Cup defeat to Fulham

The winger is on loan from Barcelona for the season

Eric Abidal now captains the AS Monaco side

Eric Abidal reveals that former Barcelona team-mate Dani Alves offered to donate part of his liver to the Frenchman when he needed a transplant last year

Abidal required the transplant after suffering from liver cancer and his cousin donated part of his when Alves couldn't

Samuel Eto'o admitted he would never play under Jose Mourinho until the current Chelsea boss changed his mind at Inter Milan

Striker had a 'tense' relationship with Mourinho due to the Chelsea-Barcelona rivalry but claims they are now friends after he linked up with the Portuguese boss at Stamford Bridge

The intermediary indicated Guardiola felt he could improve England

Revealed: How FA spurned chance to get Pep Guardiola as England manager

Former FA chairman David Bernstein did not follow up a call from an intermediary

Fabregas said yesterday it 'never went through my head not to continue here'

Transfer news: Cesc Fabregas insists he never had any plans to leave Barcelona despite double bid from Manchester United

United offered £35m for the 26-year-old former Arsenal captain but midfielder confirms he never thought about leaving the club of his dreams

Cesc Fabregas has said that Mesut Ozil was the second best player at Real Madrid after Cristiano Ronaldo

Transfer news: Cesc Fabregas says Arsenal have signed the 'second best player at Real Madrid after Cristiano Ronaldo' in Mesut Ozil

Former Gunners captain was surprised Real allowed the Germany international to leave and insists he will be a great addition to the club

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Pep Guardiola seeks to win his first trophy with Bayern

Bayern Munich v Chelsea: Revenge on the cards for Pep Guardiola against Chelsea and Jose Mourinho in the Uefa Super Cup

Bayern Munich have insisted that the Super Cup against Chelsea in Prague is not about revenge, but Pep Guardiola might feel differently.

Barcelona's Brazilian defender Dani Alves (L) and Brazilian forward Neymar celebrate with the Spanish Super Cup

Spanish Super Cup: Gerardo Martino dedicates Barcelona win against Atletico Madrid to Tito Vilanova

New manager praises his predecessor, who stood down amid a battle with cancer

Barcelona celebrate Adriano's goal

La Liga review: Adriano scores wonder-strike as Barcelona sneak 1-0 win over Malaga

Two wins out of two for the champions

Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva ends Barcelona speculation by signing new deal with PSG

Brazil international puts pen to paper on deal through to 2018

Philippe Coutinho

World Cup dream drives Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho

The Brazilian ended last season in fine form

Deals of the week - a Dublin break, a Barcelona escape, Lanzarote dining

Less than £200: Make the most of your bank holiday this month, with a two-night break in Dublin. Cresta Holidays is offering the trip for £199pp, including B&B at the three-star Lansdowne Hotel and Aer Lingus flights from Heathrow on Saturday 24 August. Crestaholidays.co.uk

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003